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Marino, Angela. Populism and Performance in the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. Northwestern University Press, 2018. pp. 325; plus index. 


Cozart Riggio, Milla, Angela Marino, and Paolo Vignolo, Eds. Festive Devils of the Americas. Seagull Press/University of Chicago Press, 2015. pp. 384; plus index.

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Marino, Angela. “The Performance Turn in Latin American Studies,” in New Approaches to Latin American Studies: Culture and Power. Ed. Juan Poblete. London: Routledge, 2017.


Marino, Angela and Manuel Cuellar. “Fiesta as Epistemology,” Performance Research, 20.1 (2015): 123-35.


Marino, Angela. “Fiesta Politics: A Rehearsal--and an Act-- of Governance,” Harvard Revista of Latin American Studies, 8.3 (2014): 69-71.


Marino, Angela. “Fiesta Politics: Dissidence as an Act of Harmony,” E-misférica, Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, 10.2 (2013).


Marino, Angela. “Florentino vence al Diablo: Performance popular en la campaña chavista del referéndum de año 2004 en Venezuela,” in Giros culturales en la marea rosa de América Latina, 1st Edition, Edited by Marc Zimmerman and Luis Ochoa Bilbao. Houston: Editorial LaCasa/University of Houston Press, 2012: 207-234. (2nd Edition, Puebla: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, 2014: 207-234.)


Marino, Angela. “The Politics of Public Space: ‘Un espacio liberado’ Under the Big Top,” Dialectical Anthropology, 35.3 (2011): 265-73.

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Thanks to a grant from the Hellman Faculty Research Fellowship, this project supports the work of envisioning past and present models of governance (guilds, councils, cofradias and neighborhood associations) that are at the heart of festival, fiesta and carnival performance. Sites of research are in the United States, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. This is my most recent project beginning in 2015-16.

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Marino, Angela. “Paul Scolieri’s Dancing the New World Review,” TDR, 59.1 (2015): 183-4.


Marino, Angela. “Mike Pearson’s Site-Specific Performance Review,” Theatre Journal, 66.1 (2014): 177-8.


Marino, Angela. “Timothy Rafael’s The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance,” E-misférica Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics 7, no. 2.

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Populism and Performance in the Bolivarian Revolution
of Venezuela

Populism and Performance in the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela breaks new ground in explaining how supporters of Venezuela’s emergent socialism negotiated terms of national belonging and participatory democracy through performance. By foregrounding populism as an embodied act, Marino draws attention to repertoires of populism that contributed to what is arguably the most impactful social movement in the Americas since the Cuban Revolution. 


Based on ethnographic and archival research, Marino focuses on performances of the devil figure, tracing this beloved trickster through religious fiestas, mid-century theater, film, and other media as it both antagonizes and unifies a movement against dictatorship and neoliberalism. Marino then demonstrates that performance became a vehicle through which cultural producers negotiated boundaries of inclusion and exclusion in ways that overcame the simplistic logic of good versus evil, and us versus them. The result is a nuanced insight to the process of building political mobilization out of crisis and through monumental times of change.

Performance and Populism will interest readers of Latin American politics, cultural studies, political science, and performance studies by providing a vital record of the revolution, with valuable insights into its internal dynamics and lessons towards building a populist movement of the left.


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